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Daughter of a Lost Bird

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

7:00 pm (show)
$10 (General)
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A documentary by Helena native, Brooke Swaney. Brooke will be available for a Q&A following the film.

Kendra Mylnechuk Potter was adopted into a white family and raised with no knowledge of her Native American parentage. This beautifully personal film documents her journey as she discovers her Native identity—finding her birth mother, April, also a Native adoptee, and returning to her Lummi homelands in Washington State.

Kendra and April’s stories show the impact of intentional government actions to erase an entire culture, including the 1958 Indian Adoption Project, which removed Native children from their families and placed them in white homes in an effort to “kill the Indian and save the man.” This poignant story shows, as James Baldwin rightfully put it: “History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us.”

“…Real, thoughtful, kind and provocative…” – Anselm Beach and Patricia Aufderheide, IDA

“Captures an intense, personal search filled with kindness and love.” – Darlene Naponse, Hot Docs Film Festival

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